Cloth mask not allowed in hospital

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MRex Mon 02-Nov-20 08:56:10

Is this new today or just the person on the hospital door's rules? I went in wearing my fresh cloth mask and was asked to change it for a disposable paper mask (standard blue one).

The phlebotomist was very upset because he's come across several covid deniers this weekend. Such a shame people feel the need to be dickheads towards those putting their lives at risk to help people get well.

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TheSeedsOfADream Mon 02-Nov-20 09:00:27

Its standard here (Italy)
Paper surgical or white beaky if you're going somewhere like school or for any kind of medical visit. Shops are a bit more lenient, but I did see them refusing entry to a bloke with a paper tissue stuck to his nose. confused

Emma9876 Mon 02-Nov-20 09:00:41

It's been like this in our hospital for the last couple of months. We have them on all the doors to the hospital and patients asked not to wear a cloth one

Seeline Mon 02-Nov-20 09:01:22

I spent an afternoon in A&E with my elderly mum last week. We were both wearing home made cloth masks - one of the staff complimented my mum on how pretty hers was! No request to replace with disposables.

LangClegsInSpace Mon 02-Nov-20 09:01:33

This was the case when visiting DM in hospital in August. Even people who turned up in a blue paper mask were asked to put on one of theirs. I suppose it's so they know it's a clean one.

Gimbap Mon 02-Nov-20 09:02:25

Not new, I had that a while back, they don't know what your mask is like, when you cleaned it etc

Numberblock7 Mon 02-Nov-20 09:03:17

Standard at my local hospital. Some cloth ones are very flimsy/only 1 layer etc, I guess this way they know, in a fairly key environment, that everyone is wearing a something that meets a minimum standard.

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ChocoholicMama Mon 02-Nov-20 09:04:34

Fairly recent change in our hospital too.

LabradorGalore Mon 02-Nov-20 09:04:57

Cloth masks not allowed in our two local hospitals. They have given me the hospital grade blue ones when I wear a cloth mask at the hospital. And that’s been the case for the last four months

Esmeralda1988 Mon 02-Nov-20 09:07:59

I was asked to swap mine at hospital for a surgical one when it first came in.

Bwlch Mon 02-Nov-20 09:08:05

I had an appointment yesterday afternoon. My (three layer) cloth mask wasn't commented on.

MiddleClassMother Mon 02-Nov-20 09:08:22

I went just yesterday to drop off my DM (fell and broke her wrist) with a cloth mask and no one challenged me. I prefer the reusable ones as they're better for the environment.

MRex Mon 02-Nov-20 09:09:56

Thanks all. It makes sense to be sure everyone's in a good mask, I know mine's fresh with a fresh filter but nobody else does. Just wondered if it was a new rule everywhere, just my trust, or just someone being suspicious of everyone's masks.
I'm not sure now if we should buy some disposables for hospital trips, or just use theirs. I'll see if there are very small packs for sale.

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GreySkyClouds Mon 02-Nov-20 09:11:32

MRex

Is this new today or just the person on the hospital door's rules? I went in wearing my fresh cloth mask and was asked to change it for a disposable paper mask (standard blue one).

The phlebotomist was very upset because he's come across several covid deniers this weekend. Such a shame people feel the need to be dickheads towards those putting their lives at risk to help people get well.

Standard each time I’ve been to hospital over the past few months.

Most cloth masks look really pretty but are ineffective (without supplementary filters).

Sandytoes86 Mon 02-Nov-20 09:20:25

A&E replaced our cloth masks with their disposable ones . Makes sense

Sandytoes86 Mon 02-Nov-20 09:21:05

They can be sure yours is clean

Sandytoes86 Mon 02-Nov-20 09:21:32

*can’t !

Ginfordinner Mon 02-Nov-20 09:23:27

MRex

Thanks all. It makes sense to be sure everyone's in a good mask, I know mine's fresh with a fresh filter but nobody else does. Just wondered if it was a new rule everywhere, just my trust, or just someone being suspicious of everyone's masks.
I'm not sure now if we should buy some disposables for hospital trips, or just use theirs. I'll see if there are very small packs for sale.

Packs of 5 disposable masks are available everywhere.

TheGreatWave Mon 02-Nov-20 09:24:16

I wasn't challenged when I went to pick up MIL, though I was asked to don an apron and gloves.

m0therofdragons Mon 02-Nov-20 09:29:07

You arrive in a cloth one then if you have a clinical appointment you’re likely to be asked to change for a surgical one. Clinical appointments are different to visiting and it’s to protect the clinician when in close proximity.

ginghamtablecloths Mon 02-Nov-20 09:36:15

I went into Bloods to give a sample with a cloth mask a week ago and wasn't challenged. They had disposable ones in a 'help yourself' dispenser by the door as well as hand sanitiser.

movingonup20 Mon 02-Nov-20 09:41:58

Just a a pack of 50 from amazon for £7.99, worth having some disposable ones in. Drs lets cloth one but a&e provided surgical

Legoandloldolls Mon 02-Nov-20 09:44:04

You could fabric at my hospital last week. It was deserted so I would have been noticed

MRex Mon 02-Nov-20 09:49:54

I've bought some disposables now, I don't like the waste for general use (and prefer my more robust filter) but I'd rather not use up NHS supplies unnecessarily.

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PrayingandHoping Mon 02-Nov-20 09:50:58

I was in our area hospital last week and just wore a standard face covering. Nothing was said

Sounds like an area thing....

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